BREAKING: Abbott to pay $25B for St. Jude Medical

abbott-st-jude-7x4-700x400Abbott (NYSE:ABT) said today that it offered to pay a 37% premium for St. Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) in a $25 billion deal aimed at expanding its cardiac and neurological businesses.

Each unit in the $85-per-share deal consists of $46.75 in cash and 0.8708 ABT shares; at Abbott’s 5-day volume weighted average share price of $43.93 as of April 26, the buyout is worth about $25 billion.

That’s a 37% premium on yesterday’s closing price of $61.97 for STJ shares; the stock was up 27.1% to $78.76 in pre-market trading this morning. ABT shares were down -5.5% to $41.45.

The companies said the union will create a “best-in-class” competitor in nearly all segments of the cardiovascular market with the 1st or 2nd position “across large and high-growth cardiovascular device markets” with combined annual sales of about $8.7 billion. The deal also calls for Abbott to assume or refinance St. Jude’s $5.7 billion in net debt.

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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